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Best Practices for Distance Learning

Best Practices for Distance Learning

Best Practices for Distance Learning (Grades K-8)

  • Treat online learning like “real” school. There are no bells or teachers to give reminders so establish and maintain daily routines. Dress appropriately. 
  • Be on time. Your teachers are taking attendance. Arrive to Zoom meetings on-time and turn assignments in by their due date and hour. In distance learning, this is how you demonstrate you are present. Don’t be tardy or absent!
  • Create predictability: Make sure that you have a regular study space and stay organized. Be aware of lighting and background noise when participating in Zoom meetings and find a space in your home where you can get work done. Join class from a place where you can sit up and focus (e.g. not from bed). 
  • Eliminate distractions. This includes digital and online distractions as well as other distractions that may affect your learning. Don’t engage in side conversations or online chats.
  • Actively participate. Collaborate with—and support—your peers in online and distance learning; seek support/feedback from teachers as needed. Fully engage in class instruction and make sure the video is turned on during class so that everyone can see each other. 
  • Hold yourself accountable. Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, and remember your classroom rules and commitments.
  • Check communications. Students and families should regularly check their email for announcements, assignments, and feedback from your teachers and advisors.
Questions about any of the above? Ask your teacher or advisor for help.